( dpa ) - The spokesman for French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday confirmed a media report that the president had been secretly hospitalized to treat a throat abscess three days after his divorce was made public. "The president spent part of the evening of October 21 at Val-de- Grace (military hospital) to undergo a minor throat procedure," David Martinon said. Asked about the fact that no information was released regarding Sarkozy's hospitalization, Martinon said, "It doesn't make sense if we have to put out information about every little scratch." During his presidential campaign, Sarkozy had promised to make a break with the secrecy of past French presidents about their state of health. He said he would issue a medical statement about his health every month and even "make a star of my doctor." But since taking office, Sarkozy has issued only one medical bulletin about his state of health, France-Info radio said. Earlier Wednesday, France-Info, citing a soon-to-be-published book, reported that Sarkozy had been "secretly" hospitalized to treat a throat abscess. Denis Demonpion, co-author with Laurent Leger of Cecilia: The Hidden Face of the Ex-First Lady, told the station that Sarkozy was rushed to the Paris hospital late October 21 suffering from high fever and a throat abscess. At the hospital, Demonpion said, the French president underwent a surgical procedure to free his throat of infected material, was administered antibiotics through a catheter and was discharged several hours after his admission. The authors report that Sarkozy, depressed and ailing, called his ex-wife, who rushed to his bedside to comfort him. "At no time, were the French people informed of their president's state of health," Demonpion said. Cecilia: The Hidden Face of the Ex-First Lady, which covers the brief time Sarkozy's ex-wife, Cecilia, spent as France's first lady, is due to be published on Friday.
Sarkozy was secretly hospitalized after divorce
9 January 2008 18:31 (UTC+04:00)